Craig David- Fill Me In (KREAM remix)

Craig David, and even more specifically this track “Fill Me In,” were very important parts of my musical (and personal) development at the ripe age of 14-15 years old. That’s why Norwegian sibling duo, KREAM’s remix, released about a month ago, is just so damn exciting. I’m gonna be honest with you all this is all really just an excuse for me to listen to Craig David a ton in the name of musical enlightenment. His original is just such an important song for me. I don’t really know why, but for whatever reason this song is kinda how I always pictured incognito lover relationships to be like (I’ve been a few myself). At this point, I’ve listened to the track 3 times on repeat (in this sitting) and I’m not even tired of it. Craig’s vocal is just so damn silky smooth, then you get this R&B beat with this groovy set of strings (I assume violin but I can’t be sure) providing some melodic support in the back. The whole track is just perfectly danceable and easy to listen to. There’s really not much more to say. From a remix standpoint, with a song this popular (and this old), you want to put your own mark on it, and KREAM do that admirably here. Right off the bat, you get this really powerful piano that lays down the “meat” of the melody. Obviously that doesn’t exist in the original, but it manages to blend very well with Craig’s original vocal. Ironically, this also holds true for the toned “deep house” style bass line and (perhaps one of the best examples of a musical wildcard) the wonderfully melodic saxophone line that funks the line all up. The track is harsh, I mean everything from the piano to the snare is right in your face, while the vocal is really more just a supporting piece. This is to be expected, considering pretty much anyone who listens to this style of music today, probably heard the original song at least 100 times when they were mid-teenagers (like me!). That being said, I don’t really feel like it’s a bad decision, even though the vocal really should be the focus considering it’s so good. The reason for this is the simple fact that the “replacements,” the piano and the sax, which sort of “fill in” (yeah that was intentional) the space left behind by the vocal. That makes for a really interesting remix and one that I quite enjoy, and not just because it gathers material from one of my personal favorite tracks in my musical development (if anyone finds a remix of “Suga Suga” by Baby Bash, please let me know). As always, comment below with thoughts, ideas, life problems, girl problems, boy problems, whatever, this is a safe space.

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